All class photos will now be uploaded to the 'Gallery'. Please click '2018-19' and go to 'Year 4'.
Under each set of class photos, will be a written overview of what the children have been doing in class during the week. This replaces the weekly newsletter. We hope these changes make it easier for you to follow your child's learning journey.
The four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales inform our teaching. Our learning experiences enable our pupils to be:
In the Spring Term, we will be focusing on why people should recycle. In line the new curriculum, the topic is aimed at helping the children develop into ethical, informed citizens who: find, evaluate and use evidence in forming views to show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet.
Throughout the topic, the children will represent data using bar charts, use four/eight compass points to tell directions to recycling centres in Cardiff and use 4 figure grid references to locate recycling centres in Cardiff.
Digital competence will be developed through the use of iPad applications such as Green Screen and Puppet Pals HD. Microsoft Teams will also be used by the children to create data sets and extract information from them. Focus will be placed on the use of Microsoft Excel.
The topic will help the children to understand why recycling helps protect the environment. Homework will be set encouraging the children to record how many newspapers, food tins, plastic bottles, drinks cans and yogurt pots they recycle each week. Their findings will be used to estimate how much their households recycle per year. They will devise a table to show their results. These results will then be compared to data about UK recycling habits. This data is represented in bar charts.
We understand the importance of literacy skills and their use within the wider world. As part of your child's literacy lessons, they will be learning to spell words relating to specific patterns each week in class. We have listened to your feedback and have made available lists of words that you can study with your child at home. The lists compiled are words that your child will come across as part of their reading in school and are age appropriate. These can be found under 'Resources and Useful Links'.
The children will also be tested on their spellings throughout the year. Spellings and test dates are shown at the bottom of the page. The children are expected to learn their spellings in preparation for each test.
Guided Group Reading
The aim of Guided Group Reading is for learners to develop skills to help them read independently and fluently. It enables students to have a conversation about the text and to think in a critical way. It encourages students to use their prior knowledge and experience and apply it to their understanding of the text.
Guided Group Reading is carried out in all year groups, from Reception to Year 6. It takes place daily, in twenty minute sessions. Short sessions aim to capture and maintain the attention and interest of all learners while accessing a variety of reading skills. The class is split up in to groups which rotate activities throughout the week.
PE will take place every Thursday. Please make sure you bring your kit and suitable footwear.
It is expected that the children use Bug Club to support to developing their reading skills at home. Books have been assigned to each child and can be accessed using under the 'Useful Links' section below.
School Code: q6wh
Pupil Password: year4
Children also have access to Mathletics. which is an online learning resource which supports the development of mathematical skills at home. Children are expected to make use of this resource on an weekly basis and work their way through the challenges assigned to them. A link to the site can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below.
At St. Joseph's R.C. Primary School, we use Hwb, which is a collection of online tools provided by the Welsh Government, to develop digital skills. Hwb also provides the children with access to Encyclopedia Britannica, should they need to carry out research at home. Tools which support the children in developing their maths, literacy and programming skills are also accessible via the site.
Elements of the ‘My St. Josephs’ umbrella, which was introduced in 2018, are completed using one of the tools available within Hwb. The umbrella comprises of ‘My Profile’, ‘My Targets’, ‘My Voice’, ‘My Way’ and ‘My Challenge’. These are known as the ‘5 MYs’ and every child’s learning journey in Key Stage 2 will be evidenced through these.
‘My Profile’ and ‘My Targets’ are both completed independently by the children on Hwb, using Microsoft Teams. These are to be updated throughout the year as part of their homework.
Microsoft Teams (accessed within Hwb and Office 365) is used as our main tool for developing digital skills and facilitating online collaboration within our school. Homework will often be set via the 'Assignments' tab.
A link to Hwb, can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below.
Spellings and Test Dates (2018-19)
Half-termly Homework Projects